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What is Anxiety?

Signs of excessive anxiety include:

  • Unfounded Fear. You feel anxious, worried, or afraid for no reason at all. Normally, teens feel anxiety because of something specific -- like a test or going out on a date. But if there's no obvious reason for your feelings, your anxiety level may be too high.
  • Excessive Worry. You worry too much about everyday events or activities. Some worry is normal. But if you're constantly worrying about things that are not unusual, your anxiety level is too high.
  • Re-Checking Yourself. You continually check whether you did something right. While it's normal to check something you did to make sure it's right, continuing to check it again and again is a sign that you have way too much anxiety.
  • Extreme Panic. You're so panicky you're unable to function in certain specific situations -- like taking tests or socializing with friends.

Editor's Note: This information is contributed by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an organization committed to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

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